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Old 05-02-2013, 07:06 PM   #31
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I see this question a lot but never met a person who had a spare stolen. Plus have you considered the weight of that Nitto? One of the heaviest 35s out there. (X2 on the tire carrier or new hinge.) Consider that as your theft deterrent. Try hefting 90 lbs of wheel/tire into a truck or Jeep.
Whatever you do- make sure you can get the locking mechanism OFF when you need to. The last two times I wheeled people had flats and no wheel lock key. Can you say hammer? Don't want to do that to your XDs.
When I was ordering my new wheels and tires from the local 4wd shop this week the guy in front of me was there to order a new 17" wheel and 35" mud terrain tire because someone had stolen his just the week before. It was the only night he'd left it outside his garage. It happens.

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Old 05-02-2013, 07:26 PM   #32
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Without a doubt ... it happens. I am the person that it will usually happen to. Bad luck follows me everywhere I go.

Thanks to everyone who has provided great ideas. I am most definitely going to try to come up with something for locking up my spare.

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Hi there! Just curious what my options would be to keep a spare tire/wheel from being stolen off the back of my soon-to-be Jeep? As soon as my new Rubicon shows, it will be getting some XD Series wheels with 35" Nitto tires. I got to pondering today & realized I will have a good bit invested in my spare that will be hanging fom the back. I would really hate to see it walk!

Should this be a concern? What is everyone else doing? Thanks.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:53 AM   #35
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I bought a set of locking lugs that comes with 5 lugs so you have one for the spare. In addition I also have a cable lock on my spare.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:41 AM   #36
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My spare just got stolen 4 weeks ago from out behind my office, and it was on my mind to get it locked up. Grrr...
I'm not too bummed because the tire was pretty sun rotted anyhow and I was able to get a matching stock rim that night on CL for $50. Slapped a new tire on a few days later. I guess it was a good thing that I only had 4 tires replaced 2 months ago instead of all 5.
The other thing that I learned was-there are PLENTY of stock rim sets all over CL for cheap. Some unmounted and some with good rubber ready to go. So I think I'll be sticking to the stock rims and not worry if I tear one up on the trail. For me it's more economical(ha) than getting super duty off roaders.
I'll be looking into the gorilla lugs and that lug lock that was mentioned as well. But for now my spare stays in the garage unless I'm hitting dirt. I'm not scared of driving around town without the spare.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:24 AM   #37
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If someone wants your spare they are going to get it!

I have just one Gorilla locking lug nut on one of the 3 studs. That will keep the honest people from stealing my spare.

Question: How many "honest people" steal tires?


I'm hoping Jeep comes out with a dealer-installed trunk monkey, cause that would be my solution.

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Old 05-03-2013, 12:14 PM   #38
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Question: How many "honest people" steal tires?


I'm hoping Jeep comes out with a dealer-installed trunk monkey, cause that would be my solution.

They don't, they borrow them and leave a note.

I will be shipping for some locking lugs in the future after hearing that a spare actually got stolen!
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:32 PM   #39
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Get a Bolt Lock. Its a lug nut lock. It works with your key - just put it in an twist and it is keyed the same. Sold on Amazon. Part number is: Bolt Lock BLT5922785

This looks like a great idea. Would you mind posting a pic with it on your spare? Do you have gorilla locks on your other tires?

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I ordered some gorilla lugs from discount tire with the new wheels and tires, haven't tried them out yet though but they are suppose to be good from reviews.
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Bought these...

Gorilla 61681B5 $17.92 Wheel Locks - Set of 5 Acorn/Tapered Seat, Chrome 13/16" Hex Key Included 1/2" x 20 Thread

They stick out a little further than the standard lug nuts but worth the extra security with the spinning sleeve makes it worth the sore look. Function over form
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Old 05-26-2013, 05:51 PM   #42
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Having a heavy and ugly rim hanging off the back that no one wants works good for me.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:43 PM   #44
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My friends drove round the world with a setup just like this:

SPARE WHEEL MOUNT | CM Trailer Parts | New Zealand Trailer Parts & Accessories | Trailer Lights, Boat Trailer Parts, Trailer Wheels & Tires, Brake Systems for Trailers

Basically, replace one of the wheel studs in the tire carrier with a longer one, and drill a hole in it, then put a padlock through that hole when the spare is on.

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I have a Kevlar bike lock protecting my spare for now:

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Until I figure out a better theft prevention set-up. Lol.
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This looks like a great idea. Would you mind posting a pic with it on your spare? Do you have gorilla locks on your other tires?

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These are great - I have one on my spare, one on my tow hitch and 4 padlocks - ALL keyed to the Jeep key.
Can't post pics as my Jeep is in Australia, and I'm in Costa Mesa!!!!
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Question: How many "honest people" steal tires?
Unfortunately a lot of honest people will steal things. They only do it if they see the opportunity though, they don't wake up & think of what to steal for the day. Example: If some parents who work dead-end minimum wage jobs need similac, diapers, $$$ for a pediatrician bill, etc. for their baby & see a $500+ spare without any type of lock, that spare will be missing before you even know it.
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Since you are upgrading to bigger tires, you should upgrade to a heavier holder for your rear tire. I used Jeep to do it and the cost is 4 times less than the Teraflex. They upgraded the hinges and back plate along with the correct spacers for my tire. I use a case hardened lock. See pic. They can't turn the handle due to the lock being in the way.
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Unfortunately if someone really wants your wheels nothing like a cable lock will stop them.
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Since you are upgrading to bigger tires, you should upgrade to a heavier holder for your rear tire. I used Jeep to do it and the cost is 4 times less than the Teraflex. They upgraded the hinges and back plate along with the correct spacers for my tire. I use a case hardened lock. See pic. They can't turn the handle due to the lock being in the way.
What do you mean when you say you "used Jeep to do it"?
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Anyone besides me notice that the trunk monkey is not a monkey? They show a Chimpanzee. I always get irritated when Chimpanzees are called monkeys.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:32 PM   #52
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Unfortunately if someone really wants your wheels nothing like a cable lock will stop them.
This is true, locks are to just keep honest people honest. A lot of theft is just due to opportunity. Take away the opportunity & you won't have a problem.

I'll be honest, If I saw a wallet/money/etc. on the ground I'm taking it but I don't rob people. Lol.
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What do you mean when you say you "used Jeep to do it"?
I went to the Jeep dealer and they did it for me. It was about $200 right from the dealer. Don't know what brand it is or if other dealerships have it.
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I went to the Jeep dealer and they did it for me. It was about $200 right from the dealer. Don't know what brand it is or if other dealerships have it.
Cool- never heard of this. Maybe I'll ask my dealer about it when I upgrade my tires. Thanks!
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I have a cable lock (now in 3 pieces) and 1 missing rubicon wheel/tire. Sure way to spoil a perfect afternoon on the lake.

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My aftermarket wheels came with 5 locking lugs. I bought 2 extra so all the lugs on the spare lock. if someone wants my spare its gonna take more effort then it would be worth to most people.
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I have a cable lock (now in 3 pieces) and 1 missing rubicon wheel/tire. Sure way to spoil a perfect afternoon on the lake.
Oh man that sucks! Did you have locking lugs too, of just the cable?
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My dealership had the spare wheel stolen off every single wrangler in the lot - since then, they now put wheel locks on all wheels including the spare as standard procedure.

So mine came with wheel locks. I've had friends that live in cities get back to their cars and find them on cinder blocks... That hasn't happened to anyone I know up here in Maine - but a wheel lock is cheap insurance. Someone with a tire iron can't just take it off in a minute - they would need to drill through it which causes noise and takes time... and requires a drill too.

A cable wouldn't do much in my opinion - you can get through those with long handled sharp cutters pretty easily - even fat ones or chains.
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McGuard locking lugnuts, I had 5 until my nephew tightened my front tire up. I now have 4 and a missing stud.
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I have a cable lock (now in 3 pieces) and 1 missing rubicon wheel/tire. Sure way to spoil a perfect afternoon on the lake.

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That shows a determined thief. I have the splined lug nuts. It'll deter the everyday run of the mill douchebag A-hole who's looking for an easy opportunity.
But somebody out to specifically steal spare tires is gonna do it and probably cause more damage undoing what ever high security device You installed.

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